Hotel Cleanliness Check: Four Steps To Take After You Check In

Hotel Cleanliness Check | OneTravel

I walked into a historic hotel that I booked on Texas’ Gulf Coast. I was expecting the room to be a bit outside the normal, run of the mill hotel room. I flipped off my flip-flops and began walking around. This was a bad idea. The soles of my feet were soon the color of pavement. Clearly, the hotel hadn’t cleaned its hardwood floors in a few decades. I started to look around and quickly realized that was also a bad idea. Cobwebs and fallen insects are not exactly one’s dream on a beach vacation.

With each and every hotel experience, travelers are often met with varying degrees of cleanliness. An army of detailed housekeepers cleans some hotel rooms while others are left untouched since George Washington’s days. Before you go roaming around your hotel room and settle in for the night, be sure to take these steps to check out your hotel room’s clean scene.

Check the bed for bugs and other unwelcome guests: The minute I check into a hotel room, before bringing my suitcase beyond the inside of the door, I head straight for the bed. Bed bugs can lurk behind headboards or under the sheets along the mattress. While you might feel a bit ridiculous, these are unwelcome guests you don’t want to snuggle up to at night. Even if the bed checks out for bugs, take a look at the sheets. Do they look like they have been washed? If they look like they have seen a few guests before you, call down for a fresh batch.

Hold the phone and remote, literally: And before you make that call, take a look at the phone. Hotel phones can be littered in germs as they are frequently neglected in the cleaning process. Even if it looks clean, consider wiping it down with a baby wipe or some sort of disinfectant. Other travelers go so far as to travel with their own disinfectant to avoid getting sick. Television remotes can also be germ central in hotel rooms. You would hate to get sick just from the innocent action of changing the channel.

Toss the throw pillows off of the bed:
Perhaps you have booked a hotel that prides itself on cleanliness. Many hotels advertise how intensively they clean as cleanliness is one of the most sought after features of a hotel for guests. Regardless of how clean the room may be, the throw pillows on the beds and chairs probably aren’t. These decorative pillows are frequently never washed, as they are just decorative. If your hotel room has one of those older bedspreads, usually of the floral, shiny quilt variety, ditch those as well.  Bedspreads may also be cleaned infrequently.

Ask for a second cleaning or new room: In the case of my historic hotel stay in Texas, rather than just reciting to myself that this was just one night and I could handle all of the dust, I should have immediately asked for a second cleaning. Travelers check into hotel rooms that aren’t up to cleanliness standards and rather than saying something, they deal with it for the night. A room can easily be vacuumed and dusted a second time. If you aren’t pleased with the cleanliness of your room, don’t be afraid to speak up and make your hotel room a clean dream. Like buying a defective product, you can ask for a new room or for your room to be cleaned again. You are paying for it after all.

 

Like us on Facebook for more travel tips! 

Post your Comments












Book with OneTravel

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Cars
From:
To:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Adults:
Seniors: (65+)
Children:(2-11)
Infants on lap:
Infants on seat:
Class:
$ 15 OFF
Big Savings Coupon Code: Blog15

RecentPosts

  • 4 Fun and Free Museums to Visit in Los AngelesComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 28 Jul 2014
  • Many travelers head to Los Angeles with ideas of living large like the celebrities who call the city home. They want to experience that magic of the City of Angels without breaking the bank. However, realistic budgets quickly squash those dreams of living large in Los Angeles. While you might not be able to frequent the shops on Rodeo Drive and spend a small fortune, Los Angeles does offer several fun and free museums you can visit to fill up your time in town....read more

  • 7 Last Minute Secret Summer Destinations To Visit Around The GlobeComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 25 Jul 2014
  • Not all of us are planners when it comes to travel. However, in the summer months, you can’t really afford to wing it. Many hotels are booked up or prices for everything from rental cars to flights are sky high in the go-to vacation destinations around the globe. However, there are many last minute destinations that can sweeten the end of your summer. While these destinations might not be the loudest and most well known, but hey provide much enrichment without too much of cost or crowds....read more

  • In My Bag: Kelly’s Jordanian TreasureComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, last post 24 Jul 2014
  • In this blog post series, I interview world travelers about an object that came home in their bag and what it means to them. This week’s post features Kelly Moe-Rossetto, woman of the world and founder of Cardamom Collective....read more

  • Animal of the Week: Maya the Cat, Snapchat World TravelerComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Diana Denza, last post 23 Jul 2014
  • Cats. When they’re not sleeping, eating, or peeing on your most prized possessions, they’re becoming Internet famous....read more

  • 4 Simple Tech Tips for Airport TravelComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 23 Jul 2014
  • Traveling through an airport isn’t always sunshine and roses. It can mean shoddy Wi-Fi connections, endless hours waiting on a delay and bad meals. While the crowds, security process and bad fast food often can’t be avoided, you can make the tech side of your airport time a little more enjoyable, useful and safe....read more